“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.
We can give our children many things, send them to excellent schools, take them on trips around the world, buy them books to read. But, as parents, we cannot give them character. Independence, grit, empathy, self-control, optimism, enthusiasm – these are qualities that children have to discover or develop on their own. And that, is the true gift of camp. It provides a safe environment to find adventure, friendship and ultimately to find oneself, to find one’s true character.
And that can make all the difference in the world.